Death al Fresco - A Culinary Mystery

The flat shape of linguine ("little tongues," in Italian) provides the perfect vehicle to soak up this scrumptious sauce. Served with a tossed green salad and crunchy Francese bread, the dish makes for a surprisingly easy meal. Mario's Linguine with Clam Sauce courtesy of Death al Fresco

Death al Fresco - A Culinary Mystery

Food & Drink

Death al Fresco - A Culinary Mystery


A trend we’re watching, and loving, is publishers and producers incorporating recipes into books and movies for foods referenced in the story lines. It’s a very tangible way to more deeply experience the story, adding an extra layer of fun and engagement.

Last Christmas, Hallmark Publishing started introducing e-books as companions to its movies, with the added bonus of a recipe for a food and/or beverage referenced in the story. They also provide recipes for shows on the Murders & Mysteries channel, like these from Murder She Baked.

A Lawyer Goes Into A Restaurant…

Crooked Lane Books recently released a new culinary mystery, Death al Fresco, from author Leslie Karst. In Death al Fresco, lawyer-turned-restaurateur protagonist Sally Solari faces a conundrum when her father is fingered for murder. It’s up to Sally to serve up the real killer before her family restaurant’s reputation goes up in smoke.

Death al Fresco is a delicious tale peppered with wit, charm, a literal to-die-for plot and some mouthwatering recipes.

Crooked Lane Books has graciously allowed us to share a few of the recipes from this culinary mystery and we think you’ll enjoy them as much as we do.

Bon appetit!

About The Author

The daughter of a law professor and a potter, Leslie Karst learned early, during family dinner conversations, the value of both careful analysis and the arts—ideal ingredients for a mystery story. An ex-lawyer like Sally Solari, her sleuth, Leslie also has degrees in English literature and the culinary arts. Leslie and her wife, Robin, divide their time between Santa Cruz, California and Hilo, Hawaii. Leslie Karst is also the author ofDying for a Taste, and A Measure of Murder.  Visit Leslie Karst online at: 


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